Here are a few tips when dealing with kitchen specialists.
Before you brief a kitchen specialist make sure you spend time on your own planning your room space. If you are thinking of adding a room to increase the size of your kitchen, think carefully. It may be costly and complicated - what with permits, foundation work, framing, etc. Instead, see if you can find additional space in an adjacent closet, hallway, sun room, etc. And then talk to your kitchen specialist for further ideas.
If there are two elements of your kitchen that will take the most abuse it’s your floor and cabinets. So get a range of options from your kitchen specialist. Opt for solid wood cabinet faces and full plywood box construction. Also, look for drawers that have dovetail joinery and bulky mechanical slides.
Before you talk to your prefered kitchen specialist do some research. Compare prices when it comes to cabinet makers, appliances, faucet, cabinet hardware, etc. That is to say, make sure you visit 3-4 appliance shops and cabinet designers and get plenty of estimates on your stove, fridge, dish washer, etc. You can often receive a discount if you purchase all of your appliances from one shop.
Granite is the best choice in terms of durability, price, and upkeep time. Marble and soap stone require constant maintenance and can chip very easily (marble also yellows over time and it’s not pretty after a few years).
Don’t overlook ventilating your kitchen. And make sure your chosen kitchen specialist has this area in his/her list of strengths.
Whether you opt for an industrial-like stove or go with a traditional 4 burner model, you should overcompensate when it comes to an exhaust system (especially if you do any sort of consistent or serious cooking). Moreover, try and get your stove installed on an outside wall so that you don’t have a long run to the outside (with your vent tubing).
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